Houl History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Houl family

The surname Houl was first found in Brittany where they held a family seat in the honor of the seigneurie of Kermossonet.

"The name of Houel or Hoel is of Breton origin, as was at first, a personal denomination. The different branches of Houel, whose cradle was in the parish of Tourneur, near the town of Vire, probably had for their ancestor Breton emigrants, who established himself in this fief, of which his first descendants bore the name. In fact, we find in some of the lists of the Conquest the name of Houel, replaced in others by that of Sire de Tourneur." [1]

"The descendants of the Norman Houell were seated in the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, at Hillington in the former and at Ashfield in the latter. One of them, Richard Hovell, squire of the body to Henry V., was ancestor of the family of Hovell." [2]

Early History of the Houl family

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Houl Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Houlle, Houle, Houel, Houll, du Houlle, de Houlle, Houl, Houlay, Houles and many more.

Early Notables of the Houl family (pre 1700)

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New Zealand Houl migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Houl Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Henry Houl, aged 21, a carpenter, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Edinburgh" in 1873
  • Mary Houl, aged 19, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Edinburgh" in 1873


  1. ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 2 of 3
  2. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.


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